26 Men was a syndicated American western television series about the Arizona Rangers, an elite group commissioned in 1901 by the legislature of the Arizona Territory and limited, for financial reasons, to twenty-six active members. Russell Hayden was the producer of the series and the co-composer of the theme song. The series aired between October 15th, 1957 and June 30th, 1959, for a total of 78 episodes.
Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Don Haggerty and William Fawcett starred in the premiere episode, entitled "The Recruit", in which Sam Miller, publisher of the Willcox Clarion in Willcox (spelled "Wilcox" in the series) in Cochise County. In the story line, Miller summons the Rangers, Fawcett and Henderson, for help. When the officers arrive, they find that Miller has been lynched and is hanging from a tree. Don Haggerty's character owns the biggest cattle ranch in the area and is the suspected ringleader of the trouble.
January 29, 2012 Subject:
The Recruit (26 Men)
Season 1, episode 1.
Original air date: 15 October 1957.
The newspaper editor of Wilcox asks the Rangers for help, and two of them are dispatched to the town.
Cast: Trist Coffin (Capt. Tom Rynning), Kelo Henderson (Ranger Clint Travis), Don Haggerty (Big Red Monahon) Elizabeth Marshall (Lola Johnson), Bill Murphy (Curley), Fred Kohler (Dr. Adams), Billy Baucom (Cpl. Drake), Jimmy Cotton (Jud), Wm. Fawcett (Sam Miller), Bill French (Jones) and Jack Martin (Pete Martin: uncredited).
October 7, 2009 Subject:
26 Men @ 26 Minutes
I own several episodes of 26 Men on DVD, and it's one of my favorite westerns. At 26 minutes per episode, it is fast and painless compared to the boring one-hour soap opera oaters of the 1960s.
A little trivia: 26 Men was filmed in Phoenix, AZ, at a studio called Cudia City, which was located at Camelback Road and 40th Street. The area is now home to apartments and medical offices, as the studio was bulldozed decades ago. (So much for historic preservation in the valley of greed-driven runaway development.) If you keep an eye peeled in some episodes, you can even spot Camelback Mountain in the background on occasion.
Definitely better than "Banana," and love that 26 Men theme song!
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October 7, 2009 Subject:
Better than Banana
This is one I've never seen or heard of before and I remember Gunsmoke and Rawhide. It's better than I thought it would be, not great but more believable and more entertaining than Bonanza.
Most likely the original Arizona Rangers were hired to protect the ranchers and big land holders. This one is for the average guy so it's TV, just to make sure you don't misunderstand. Why don't they ever make TV shows the way real life was? Probably because it doesn't sell soap!